J.J. Abrams to direct the next ‘Star Wars’ film

By Courtney Rowan

JJ Abrams to direct next 'Star Wars' film

Reuters (Fabrizio Bensch) / Lucasfilm

The interwebs were set on fire yesterday when news broke that none other than sci-fi directing genius, J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe, Star Trek) was announced as being the next appointed director for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII‘.

Handle this news, my feeble mind cannot.

When I first read this yesterday, naturally I was in a state of disbelief. I mean, the same man helming the two biggest sci-fi franchises in the history of sci-fi? I’m still a little flabbergasted and suspicious as no one has officially confirmed this information.  Now that the age old question of Star Wars vs. Star Trek is in the hands of one of the greatest directors ever, YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID.

The Wrap broke this news yesterday stating that,

an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.

Deadline is also reporting that according to a source for them,

“It’s done deal with J.J.”

I’m honestly not sure whether to be excited or scared. Admittedly, I am a huge J.J. Abrams fan and I believe if anyone has the chops, its him. But, handling these two franchises causes concern.  Although, lens flares on light sabers HAVE to look cool.

Hopefully, we’ll get some absolute confirmation on this soon so fanboys and fangirls across the world can take a deep breath and relax. Despite all the flames, The Wrap did state,

Reached by TheWrap, Lynne Hale, spokeswoman for Lucasfilm, declined to comment immediately. Neither CAA, which represents Abrams, nor Bad Robot immediately responded to requests for comment.

So, no solid confirmation yet. In the meantime, ponder this –

Source: The Wrap, Deadline

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May the Fourth Be With You… Happy Star Wars Day!

By Courtney Rowan

Happy Star Wars Day, fanboys and fangirls! So important, this Saga is, that it has warranted it’s own day. But how did this come about?

Wikipedia has the following to say about the origins of May the Fourth:

May 4 is considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture and honor the films.

May 4 is called Star Wars Day because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Since the phrase “May the Force be with you” is a famous quote often spoken in the Star Wars films, fans commonly say “May the fourth be with you” on this day. Current day Star Wars fans were not the first to introduce the line “May the fourth be with you”: when Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain’s first female Prime Minister on May 4, 1979, her party placed an advertisement in The London Evening News that said “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” This reading of the line has also been recorded in the UK Parliament’s Hansard.

In a 2005 interview on German news TV channel N24, George Lucas was asked to say the famous sentence “May the Force be with you.” The interpreter simultaneously interpreted the sentence into German as Am 4. Mai sind wir bei Ihnen (“We shall be with you on May 4”). This was captured by TV Total and aired on May 18, 2005.

In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show; a costume contest with celebrity judges; and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. The second annual edition is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 4, 2012.

So, there you have it, Star Wars fans, the origins of this day dedicated to us and the epic trilogy (Yes, I know there are 6… but really??).

Enjoy the fourth and as always, remember – Do. Or do not. There is no Try.

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George Lucas changes Star Wars again… NOOOOOOOO!!!!

By Courtney Rowan

I’m not sure how much of a surprise this will be, but this is getting to be a joke.  Lucas cannot leave well enough alone, apparently.  I’m as much as a fangirl as the next guy, but some things should NOT be changed. (*ahem* HAN SHOT FIRST *ahem*)

The newest rumor (and I’m praying it’s just that) is that George Lucas has added Darth Vader’s dreaded, “NOOOOOO!!” from the end of Episode 3, Revenge of The Sith,  into Return of the Jedi.  I believe the response I posted when this was shared with me was: I. Will. Kill. Him.  I stand by that.   Jedi is a masterpiece, second only to Empire (IMO).  Why do you have to mess with this??!!

Collider.com has some more details on this change and a video, which seems to be photo, er, audio-shopped to me… one can only hope.  Check this out with the new footage:

I will say that I am okay with some other changes, namely them updating Yoda to the digital version.  I never really noticed how much better the new version looked until I saw him side by side with the original puppet.  Kinda creepy, the original was.  Check this out – wasn’t so much different in my head:

Another rumor is a change to Obi-Wan’s Krayt Dragon call from A New Hope.  No real confirmation  on that.  Be sure to head on over to Collider.com for the full article.

Source: Collider.com

New Star Wars deleted scene! (and more)

By Courtney Rowan

It’s Friday, fanboys and fangirls, and you know what that means, right?  Time to see what cool news dropped this week. Perhaps the coolest was the new Star Wars deleted scene shared at Celebration V, at which George Lucas had Mark Hamill introduce the clip.  Read on to see the clip (if you haven’t already) and more news in geekdom…

Star Wars Deleted Scene

So, Celebration V (the seventh Celebration of the Star Wars saga, the fifth in the United States), kicked off this week and finally gave us some new footage of Star Wars.  It’s pretty epic – a never-before-screened scene cut from Return of the Jedi in which Darth Vader tempts Luke Skywalker to join the dark side, paired with footage of Luke constructing/activating his green lightsaber and officially becoming a Jedi Knight. Awesomeness.

Eureka News – STAN LEE!!

Guess who’s coming to America’s smartest little town… STAN LEE!  Yes, that’s right, Lee has been tapped to guest star on Eureka and has been shooting his work this week.  He’s been tweeting updates from the set and I seriously cannot wait to see this episode.  No word yet on what he will play in the clever show. Follow Mr. Lee on twitter @TheRealStanLee. We also learned this week that Ming Na has will be guest starring on Eureka as well. You’ve recently seen Na on SGU. She will reportedly play Senator Alice Wen, who has come to deal with a sensitive issue at Global Dynamics. She also might make multiple appearances. Check out a sneak peek of tonight’s Eureka:

Stoned – Sneak Peek – Eureka.

PS.  Anyone else picking up on Fargo’s Terminator references each week??!!  LOVE it. 

SHARKTOPUS!!

Okay, speaking of SyFy, I can’t go any further without mentioned this gem.  I don’t know if it will come close to Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus, but with Roger Corman and Eric Roberts involved, it will sure as hell be fun.  Check out the trailer for this classic to be:

Warehouse 13

Another solid episode this week from the Warehouse gang.  Some killer girl power going on and t he return of H.G. Wells.  I’m not sure if I buy Myka accepting HG so easily, but it did work well for the episode.  The plotline about her daughter kind of struck me, I think I did see some genuine sadness about not being able to see her anymore.  Her motives are definitely her own and Myka must realize this.  The grappling gun was a nice touch at the end, but I’m not sure if that was an artifact or just a cool invention.  Does it have any ‘powers’ or is it just cool?  Isn’t that what defines an artifact, the powers?? I do hope we see much more of her in the future.  

Is anyone else having as much fun as I am about guessing Claudia’s hair streak color each week.  I think it’s a great subtle touch to her character as well as clever on the writer’s side.  Pete and Artie were awesome this week.  First off, I love that they finally admitted that there are artifacts being played with at the Warehouse.  I almost fell off the couch when I saw the Tim Leary glasses reappear and Artie’s new look through them.  I think Pete’s comedy is absolutely genius.  A fact that played into how well acted “Around The Bend” was as we see Pete in a serious tone, which kind of freaked me out.  Lindsay Wagner was cool and the appendix gag of growing back each year was pretty funny.  Especially since he’s using Barnum’s Top to do it.  I’m glad they have a little love interest for Artie (who is the Walrus??). 

Here’s a sneak peek of  nest week’s Warehouse 13 – “Merge With Caution” :

Merge with Caution – Sneak Peek – Warehouse 13.

Smallville

Some news from the world of Clark Kent is the announcement of the baddies in season 10.  At Comic Con this year, it was confirmed that Darkseid and the evil New Gods of Apokolips would feature as some of season ten’s villains. While Darkseid has yet to be cast, some of his entourage have!  Actor Steve Byers for you.  He’ll be Desaad, Darkseid’s master torturer who is often depicted in the comics wearing a cloak.  

According to Kryptonsite, Michael Daingerfield will begin portraying Gordon Godfrey in the third episode of the upcoming season. “The episode is entitled ‘Supergirl’ and also features the previously announced return of Laura Vandervoort as Kara.” Godfrey, sometimes called Glorious Godfrey, appeared in comics from the 70’s with red hair. A member of the Apokoliptian Gods, he enjoys the power of persuasion. I’m super stoked for this final chapter.

Fall TV Lineup Announced!

It’s getting to be that time again.  I’m excited, I can’t lie.  I’m kind of over summer and ready for the fall and of course that means the return of Fall TV.  Since LOST is over and Flashforward was cancelled and 24 is done, I’m looking for something new to fill the emptiness.  So far the show I’m most intrigued by is The Event.  The trailers look pretty good so I’m hoping it lives up to my expectations.  Shows I’m most excited about returning are Fringe, Smallville, SGU and Chuck.  Check out all the full lineup from Fancast.com here:

http://www.fancast.com/blogs/2010/tv-news/fall-tv-premiere-dates-mark-your-calendar/

Doctor Who

Since I have nothing exciting to share about The Doctor, I’ll leave you with this fun montage of fun stuff from “The Eleventh Hour”:

So that’s all for me  this week.  What’s your thoughts on the Fall TV shows?  How about Stan Lee on Eureka?  Comment your thoughts!